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Obama: Syrian carried out chemical attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared unequivocally that the United States has "concluded" that the Syrian government carried out a deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians. Yet U.S. intelligence officials say questions remain about whether the attack could be linked to Syrian President Bashar Assad or high officials in his government.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation


Soldier sentenced to death for shooting

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - A military jury on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, handing the Army psychiatrist the ultimate punishment after a trial in which he seemed to be courting martyrdom by making almost no effort to defend himself.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation


4 NJ COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS REWARDED FOR HONESTY: WAYNE, N.J. (AP) — Four New Jersey college footb

4 NJ COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYERS REWARDED FOR HONESTY: WAYNE, N.J. (AP) - Four New Jersey college football players are being rewarded for their honesty.

August 28, 2013 | | Nation


Obama: MLK is his personal hero

WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama was 2 years old and growing up in Hawaii when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty years later, the nation's first black president will stand as the most high-profile example of the racial progress King espoused, delivering remarks Wednesday at a nationwide commemoration of the 1963 demonstration for jobs, economic justice and racial equality.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Zimmerman will ask Florida to pay some bills

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - George Zimmerman's attorney said Tuesday that he is going to ask the state of Florida to pay for some of his client's non-lawyer legal bills, including for experts, printing and court reporters, and that the price tag could reach $300,000.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Some schools quit healthier lunch program

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) - After just one year, some schools around the country are dropping out of the healthier new federal lunch program, complaining that so many students turned up their noses at meals packed with whole grains, fruits and vegetables that the cafeterias were losing money.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Seeking to gum up meth production

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - More often than not, pharmacist Samuel Arco can tell whether a potential customer is looking for allergy relief or looking to cook up meth.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Readying rationale for possible Syria strike

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration tried to bolster its case Tuesday for possible military action against Syria within days, with intelligence agencies preparing to release intercepted communications aimed at proving Bashar Assad perpetrated a large-scale chemical weapons attack on civilians. "There's no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime," Vice President Joe Biden said.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Hole will make giant pumpkin ineligible for fair

KENAI, Alaska (AP) - J.D. Megchelsen holds the record for giant pumpkins in Alaska, and the Nikiski gardener knew he had a candidate this year to beat the record of 1,287 pounds set in 2011.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Body found in jilted girlfriend's freezer.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman beat her boyfriend to death, wrapped his body in plastic and duct tape, then hid it in a freezer because he was trying to break up with her, prosecutors said.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


Nation news briefs

DETROIT MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN THEFT OF DAD'S BODY: DETROIT (AP) - A man accused of stealing his father's body from a Detroit cemetery with the hope of bringing him back to life has pleaded guilty in exchange for avoiding prison.

August 27, 2013 | | Nation


County told to issue same-sex marriage licenses

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico judge on Monday declared same-sex marriage legal, ordering the clerk of the state's most populous county to join two other counties in issuing licenses for gay and lesbian couples.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


Can strippers save Atlantic City?

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - What if, after seven years of plunging casino revenues and fleeing customers, Atlantic City's real problem was this: People are wearing too much clothing?

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


Heat prompts early dismissals in Midwest schools

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - An unusual, late-summer heat wave enveloped much of the Midwest on Monday, putting schools and sports events on hold.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


$2M bail set in death of WWII veteran

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A 16-year-old Spokane boy was ordered held on $2 million bail Monday and will be tried as an adult in connection with last week's beating death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran. A second teen was arrested in the case early Monday morning.

August 26, 2013 | | Nation


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Firefighter shot responding to call in Maryland improving

TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (AP) - A firefighter shot while responding to a call for help at a home in a Maryland suburb of Washington and has ...

April 18, 2016 | | Nation


Florida school bus driver charged with sex assault

WINTER HAVEN, Florida (AP) - Authorities in Florida say a school bus driver has been arrested and charged for sexually assaulting four special needs students.

April 17, 2016 | | Nation


Clinton takes heat over racially charged joke

NEW YORK (AP) - Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Mayor Bill de Blasio have come under fire over a comedy skit that some people feel was ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


House Speaker Ryan rules out presidential bid

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday definitively ruled out a bid for president this year, insisting that the party's choice should emerge ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


2 stuck on Alaska glacier are rescued

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Rescuers on Tuesday picked up two skiers who were stranded on an Alaska glacier for four days.

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Trump is amassing delegates who might not be loyal to him

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Already behind the curve in organizing for the Republican convention, Donald Trump has missed crucial deadlines in a number of states ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Police: Woman dismembered in home, body parts dumped

SEATTLE (AP) - A man dismembered a nurse and mother of three in her suburban home then drove her head and other remains to Seattle, where ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Judge: says using Confederate emblem on flags ‘anti-American’

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A federal judge said Tuesday that the Confederate emblem on the Mississippi flag is "anti-American" because it represents those who fought to ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Jury: Firefighter fraudulently collected disability pension

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A former firefighter accused of collecting a state disability pension while working as a martial arts instructor and participating in competitive ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Facebook: New ways to chat, stream video

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Looking for new ways to engage with its audience, Facebook says people who use its Messenger chat service will soon be able ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


NY to become latest state to exempt tampons from sales tax

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York is poised to become the latest state to repeal its sales tax on tampons in response to a national ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


F-150 gets highest rating in new insurance crash tests

DETROIT (AP) - The 2016 Ford F-150 is the only full-size pickup truck to score the top rating in new front crash tests performed by the ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


Demand for the new Tesla is wild, limited to tech fans

FREMONT (AP) - Demand for Tesla's new Model 3 has been eye-popping, with consumers pre-ordering about $13.7 billion worth of the electric sedans nearly ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


CDC: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is

WASHINGTON (AP) - The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, federal health officials say, as they urge more money for mosquito ...

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


New steps to help people with disabilities and student loans

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is taking steps to help people with disabilities get their student loan debt forgiven, safeguarding their Social Security payments.

April 12, 2016 | | Nation


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